Home Remedies For Cats With Aggression

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Home remedies for cats with aggression are very effective in curing the problem. These remedies are safe to use and help to promote a more peaceful demeanor.

Cats can be aggressive for a number of reasons and depending on the cause of aggression, the remedies will vary. Aggression can be triggered by dominance issues. Nervousness and fear may also play a part, especially when there have been changes in the environment. Also, aggression can be related to an inadequate diet.

Bach flower remedies

Aggression is an emotional problem and Bach flower remedies will therefore work well. Give your cat a dropperful of honey and water mixed with two drops of each Holly and Impatiens flower remedy.  If your cat tries to dominate you, use the Vine flower remedy in addition to the other two. If your cat is aggressive because it is frightened, replace the Vine with Rock Rose remedy.

Herbal remedies

In addition to the flower remedies, give a horsetail tisane four times a day. To make the tea, pour 150 ml of boiling water on one teaspoon of the herb and let it brew for no longer than one minute, then strain the herb. Give one dropperful each time.

Mix a small dose of kelp powder (tip of a teaspoon) into your cat’s food and feed daily.

Homoeopathic remedies

Herbs such as scullcap and chamomilla contain anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and calming properties to soothe your cat and minimise excitability and stress. Homeopathic ingredients such as Belladonna and Arsen Alb. benefit oversensitive highly strung and agitated cats.

Aggression Formula from PetAlive is a homoeopathic remedy that reduces aggressive behaviour. It comes in dissoluble granule form and is sprinkled on your cat’s tongue or hidden in its food. The formula can be administered daily or used occasionally in specific situations.


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Diet

Ensure your cat eats a balanced with plenty of raw and unprocessed food. Some experts attribute aggression to eating too much protein. If you cat’s diet is high in protein, try to introduce more carbohydrate (e.g. rice) and vegetables.

Lifestyle

Socialise your cat from an early age by exposing it to new people, other animals, places, situations and experiences. Make sue your cat gets regular exercise to release pent up energy and stress.

Look out for warning signs of aggressive behavior in your cat and then try to avoid a dangerous situation. Avoid punishing your cat for aggressive behavior will only increase fear and aggression.

These natural and home remedies for cats with aggression will help you and your cat to re-establish a harmonious relationship.

Home Remedies For Cats With Diarrhoea

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Minor diarrhoea can easily be treated with home remedies for cats. Diarrhoea can be caused by several factors and you must discover what causes it in your cat. It is usually not serious for adult cats, however, watery, bloody or persistent diarrhoea indicates serious problems and you should take your cat to the vet. Whatever the cause, the remedies below will bring relief.

Natural and home remedies

It is very easy to make your own natural diarrhoea remedies but there are also ready-made ones on the market. For example from RuniPoo Relief PetAlive is such a commercially- produced natural remedy. It comes as a liquid and is very easy to administer. Mix the 2-3 drops in your cat’s  food or a little water, three to four times daily.

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One of the most effective home remedies for cats with diarhoea is made from apple cider vinegar. If your cat is an adult and otherwise healthy, take it off solid food for at least 24 hours and regularly give small amounts of a mixture of one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey mixed into one cup of hot water. Use organic vinegar if possible. Apple cider vinegar sterilises the digestive tract and honey soothes the stomach lining. Kittens should not be put on a fast.

Also give six half dropperfuls of calamus root tea throughout the day and two dropperfuls of marigold tea in the morning and evening. Alternatively, you can give two dropperfuls of sage and chamomile tea four times a day. To make the tea, pour 300 ml of boiling water onto one teaspoon of the herb and let it brew for one minute.

Slippery elm is another good home remedy for cats with diarrhoea. You can buy it in most health food shops and it comes in capsule and powder form or as a tincture. Put up to one teaspoon of powder mixed with water or one opened capsule in your cat’s food daily. If you use the tincture, dilute 20 drops in 30 ml of water and give one dropperful three times a day.

To make your cat more comfortable, a small linen cushion (sew two handkerchiefs together) filled with fresh or dried chamomile and flowers, warmed and bandaged onto your cat’s stomach is very soothing.

Manage your cat’s diet

When you resume feeding, give your cat food that is easy to digest until the diarrhoea has stopped. Cooked white rice mixed with pieces of raw chicken is perfect. Some cats don’t like rice; in this case use potatoes or pasta instead. If you don’t feel like cooking for your cat, you can buy meat with rice foods from most pet supply stores. However, these are likely to contain cooked meat which is less nutritious and put more of a strain on the system.

Keep dairy products away from your cat. The milk sugar in dairy products is a cause of diarrhoea in cats. The one exception is plain yoghurt. Feed your cat a small portion of unpasteurised plain yoghurt. Yoghurt contains bacteria helpful for the intestines and can cure minor diarrhoea within a day. Pasteurised yoghurt will contain very few viable bacteria though.

Probiotic gels and powders for cats, available from pet supply shops, are another option. They contain friendly bacteria that support intestinal health. Just one dose will often cure minor diarrhoea.

Canned pumpkin purée is another effective natural remedy. Feed your cat 1 or 2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin purée with its food. The high quantity of fibre in the pumpkin soaks up excess water and helps solidifying loose stool within a few hours.

Get rid of cat foods that contain dyes, additives and preservatives. Switch to a brand that does not contain them. Be aware though that a sudden change of food can cause diarrhoea, so inytroduce new food gradually.

Hydration

It’s important that your cat keeps drinking as diarrhoea causes dehydration. Make sure it has plenty of water available at all times. To help your cat recover from dehydration you can give it a solution containing salt, baking soda, water and a little sugar. Do not use human rehydration tablets or sports drinks.

The above natural and home remedies for cats with diarrhoea have been proven to be effective natural ways of treating diarrhoea. Using them, you will achieve good results quickly.

Ailments Home Remedies for Cats Can Treat

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What are home remedies for cats?

Home remedies for cats are treatments to cure an ailment that employ herbs, spices or vegetables. Homeopathic remedies are also often counted as home remedies. They are different to home remedies as they do not include herbs as such.

The use of herbs as a holistic, natural method of dealing with feline diseases is in harmony with your cat’s body. Home remedies for cats are also often less expensive than over the counter or prescription medication. Containing only natural ingredients they tend to have fewer side effects.

When can I use home remedies to treat my cat?

Home remedies for cats can help treating a variety of cat health problems that are not medical emergencies. They can be used to treat disorders of the

  • digestive system
  • immune system
  • respiratory system
  • skeletal and muscular system
  • urinary system
  • eye, ears and mouth problems
  • emotional problems
  • internal and external parasites and
  • skin and coat problems

Severe medical conditions should not be treated at home and you should take your get to the vet. These include major trauma, injury or shock from falls, vehicle accidents, severe wounds and broken bones, loss of consciousness or seizures, bloody stool or urine or painful defecation or urination, bloated or swollen abdomen, severe breathing difficulties, heatstroke or severe continuous pain.

Home remedies for cats are safe to use but not entirely risk-free. As with any medicine, exercise caution when using them. Whether you use home or ready-made remedies, always follow the recommended dosage. If you buy natural remedies, buy them from a reputable retailer and when making your own remedies, make sure all your ingredients are fresh and clean.

How To Administer Home Remedies To Cats

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Home remedies for cats come in a variety of forms. There are freshly chopped, dried or powdered loose herbs, liquids such as teas and tinctures, tablets or capsules as well as externally applied remedies in compresses and poultices. As most cat owners will know, the challenge is to get your cat to take its medication as cats are not very co-operative. But with the right technique you can outwit moggie and successfully administer all forms of home remedies for cats.

Solid remedies

The easiest home remedies for cats to administer are chopped, minced and grated fresh or dried herbs, powders, capsules and pills. They can be mixed into food. To make them completely go unnoticed, hide them in strongly flavoured foods such as fish or pate. Sticky foods like honey also work very well. For some conditions powders can also be mixed with water or tea to make a paste to be applied externally.

Administering tablets and capsules directly is slightly more challenging and may require some practice. It is easier to give your cat a tablet or capsule if you place the cat on a table. Then grasp the head from above, at the corners of the mouth where the jaws meet, and with one hand, tilt the head back and open the mouth wide by pushing on the lower jaw with your forefinger and pulling it down.

Place the pill in quickly at the back of the mouth, close it and keep it closed until your cat has swallowed the pill. To facilitate this gently stroke its throat to activate the swallowing reflex. To make the whole procedure less traumatic, you could offer your cat a treat after the treatment and praise it for its co-operation.

Liquid remedies

Some liquid home remedies for cats present more of a challenge than others. Herbal teas and tinctures are easy to give as they can simply be added to your cat’s food or drinking water. You have to be careful with the amount though. Don’t overdo it or your cat will notice and not touch it.  Another way to give liquid remedies is to fill them into capsules which can then be given directly or hidden in food. However, this is not an easy process.

If your cat does not accept liquid remedies in food or drinking water you will have to learn how to administer liquids directly. There is a special technique which will enable you to do this successfully but it may require some practice.

The correct way to administer liquid home remedies for cats is to grab your cat by the scruff of the neck and tilt the neck backwards so that the mouth opens. You then have to make a pouch with the lower lip and squirt the liquid alongside the lower back teeth and onto the back of the tongue.

Make sure that the cat swallows after each squirt. Some cats hate this and may salivate a lot during the procedure, so by emptying the medicine onto the back of the tongue most of it will be swallowed.

Some liquid home remedies for cats can also be administered by ear using a dropper. This works well for teas and tinctures. The liquid should be at body temperature. It helps if your cat is lying on its side for this procedure. Once you have poured the liquid into the ear, close the ear and massage it. Keep your cat quiet as long as possible. Don’t worry if the cat shakes its head. Any liquid in the ear canal will gradually be absorbed by the body.

If your cat puts up strong resistance to being given liquids and pills in the manner described above, wrap a large towel or blanket firmly around the cat’s body but let the head stick out at the top. Talk to your cat to re-assure and calm it and administer the medication.

External remedies

Some home remedies for cats such as poultices and compresses are administered externally. This is relatively easy to do. Poultices are wet herbal packs of fresh, mashed herbs which are applied cold to the affected part of the body. Place a bandage, muslin or cheesecloth over them to hold the poultice in place. To prevent liquid seeping through and staining fabrics you can apply an outer layer of plastic wrapping.  If you cannot apply the poultice this way, hold the poultice in place by hand for as long as your will cat let you.

A compress is similar to a poultice but uses cold herbal tea or diluted tincture on a cloth instead of solid herbal matter. Simply saturate the fabric with liquid and apply to the affected area like a poultice. You can hold the compress in place using the same techniques as for a poultice.

By practising the above techniques you should soon be able to administer a variety of home remedies for cats with confidence.

Home Remedies for Cats with Obesity

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Like humans, cats can become obese. Helping your cat lose weight requires discipline and persistence, but there are some home remedies for cats that can assist in the process.

Obesity poses serious health risks to cats as extra demand is placed on organs in the body and joints and bones have to cope with additional strain. Being obese your cat is at higher risk of a long list of illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, liver disease, arthritis, digestive disorders, breathing difficulties and high blood pressure.

Obese cats tend to be less active as all actions are strenuous and require a lot of energy. They can also be irritable, and feeling uncomfortable over a long period of time may lead to depression. Overall, their quality of life is poorer and their life span shorter than that of normal weight cats.

What causes obesity in cats?

Some cats can eat more than they need, especially when they are bored or they get little exercise. Cats only burn off the energy they use. Table scraps and treats are going to convert into fat if your have a sedentary cat whose main daily activity is walking to the food bowel.

In addition, the food they are fed is often not appropriate. Many cat foods are high in carbohydrates and low in protein. However, cats naturally have high protein requirements; more than double the amount per pound of body weight than humans. Kittens need even more.

While poor diet and too much food in relation to little exercise are the most common causes of obesity, age, illness and environmental factors can also cause cats to gain weight.

Home remedies for cats with obesity

Home remedies for cats with obesity can be very effective in supporting the body to process food efficiently. They naturally support the thyroid and the liver, maintaining a healthy digestive process and metabolism and enhance the liver’s ability to process fat.

An effective tisane (herbal tea) for obesity consists of a mixture of herbs. Lady’s mantle, wild chicory, chouchgrass and stinging nettle are a good combination. Alternatively use dandelion, fennel, rosemary and bladderwrack. Give three dropperfuls half an hour before each meal and four times during the day.

Other beneficial weigh-loss herbs include turmeric which helps to break down fats and milk thistle which is renowned for its beneficial effects of the liver, the organ responsible for metabolising fats in the body.

Bladderwrack is a sea vegetable and is a concentrated source of minerals such as iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Iodine assists in the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining a healthy metabolism in all body cells. Turmeric supports the flow of bile, which is responsible for the breakdown of dietary fat and milk thistle helps the liver to maintain normal functioning. It contains a flavonoid complex called silymarin, which is a powerful anti-oxidant and helps to maintain healthy liver functioning.  Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, D, C, various B vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. It supports the liver and the gall bladder.

These ingredients can be found in commercially produced home remedies for cats with obesity such as SlenderPet from PetAlive. This is a 100% herbal remedy formulated to assist your cat in maintaining healthy body weight. It comes in capsule form and is best administered by opening the capsule and mixing the contents with wet food. Give 1/2 capsule twice daily.

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Diet

To tackle obesity you need to establish a rigorous dietary and exercise regime that encourages weight loss. Your cat’s daily activity levels should guide you as to the amount of food it needs.

Do not suddenly reduce your cat’s daily rations drastically. Cut down a little each week instead. Feed smaller meals at regular intervals throughout the day rather than leaving food out all day. This will prevent eating out of boredom and ensures your cat will only eat when it is hungry.

A nutritious meal cats would love can be prepared in the following way: take one small mouse out of the freezer. Defrost. Put in a blender and hit frappé. Serve at feline body temperature on a clean plate. Sorry cats – it won’t happen as most humans will have problem with this.

Keep the diet varied and interesting. If you have fed your cat a lot of junk food, gradually replace this with titbits of raw meat, poultry and fish. You can add a little catnip. Poultry breast bones can also be given as they produce digestive enzymes and increase the metabolic rate. They must be given raw though as cooked bones become brittle, splinter easily and are dangerous to cats. Feeding natural yoghurt with small pieces of melon, cucumber, apple and berries will aid the digestive process.

Some cats are fussy eaters and turn their noses up at healthy food. Be patient and persistent. Don’t be upset if your cat looks at its new diet and walks away to start with. Eventually it will get hungry and slowly adapt to the new diet.

Exercise

Encourage your cat to exercise. Regular exercise helps to build up a healthy appetite and gets all organs in the body functioning well. It also helps to relieve stress.

Some cats are naturally more active than others, but most cats can be enticed into doing some form of daily exercise such as a game of mouse-on-a-string. Ping-pong balls are also good. You may be surprised at how active your cat becomes when trying to catch something!

Along with an improved diet and regular exercise, home remedies for cats can help your cat to naturally attain a healthy weight and enjoy a happy healthy life.

Home Remedies for Cats with Motion Sickness

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Travelling with your cat can be a trial! Some cats have no problems travelling but for others it can become a stressful time and they might feel unwell. Any motion your cat is not used to can cause it to feel ill and disorientated. Signs of car sickness are pitiful meowing, yawning or excessive drooling which is sometimes followed by vomiting.

Home remedies

There are a few herbal and homoeopathic remedies for cats that can safely help to treat and prevent car sickness without harmful side effects.  Herbs like ginger, peppermint, slippery elm and pasque flower have been proven to be beneficial for the condition.

Ginger is an effective alternative to conventional anti-nausea medication. It has a long history of  relieving the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence and dizziness. Ginger works on the digestive tract by boosting digestive fluids and neutralising acids.

Peppermint is another excellent herb for motion sickness in cats. It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of natural digestive juices and bile.

Pasque flower helps to calm and soothe cats during bouts of travel sickness. It is particularly useful for cats that hate being confined in small spaces.

Homoeopathic remedies like kalium phosphate provide quick relief of a nervous stomach.  Aconite and cocculus are a good complement. They alleviate fear, anxiety or  panic attacks that may be brought on by travelling in a vehicle.

A gentle but effective ready-made remedy is EasyTravel Solution from PetAlive. It relieves motion sickness and supports your cat’s digestive system during air, sea, or car travel. It comes in granule form and is very easy to administer; simply sprinkle on your cats tongue or mix with some food.  Administer 10 minutes before journey. The treatment can be repeated every 20 minutes for up to 6 doses if necessary.

EasyTravel Solution can be used on short car trips or longer journeys by air or train and can safely be used along with prescription medications.

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If you have to take your cat on a long distance journey, the following treatment will minimise the discomfort for cats prone to motion sickness. Put your cat on a fast 10 hours before you are starting out. Then before you leave, give two dropperfuls of apple cider vinegar and honey diluted in water (two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and honey each per 200 ml) Also give large pills of solid honey mixed with a little powdered ginger, slippery elm and a few drops of neat apple cider vinegar.

Whether your cat’s journey is a short one visiting the vet or long-distance travel, there are many other things besides giving medication you can do to make the journey a successful and stress-free one.

Conditioning can help your cat to overcome car sickness. Let your cat get used to being inside a car. Sit with it inside a parked car with the engine off to start with. You can play with toys and give it lots of attention. Repeat this for a couple of days, then run the engine. Next try backing out of the driveway and then pulling up to the house again. Keep talking to your cat, praising it for good behaviour. Finally, go around the block. Keep this up until your cat is able to ride without getting sick. Take your cat on short journeys regularly to help accustom it to travelling.

Try to avoid giving your cat any food for about an hour or two before the journey. When travelling keep your cat in an appropriate cat carrier lined with newspaper in case of any accidents. Ensure that your vehicle is well-ventilated, and open a window if necessary. Take along a favourite blanket or other item to help your cat feel more secure in the vehicle. On long journeys, ensure that you stop regularly for water breaks.

While this is helpful in preparation for the journey, for long trips or severe cases of motion sickness you also may want to try the above mentioned home remedies for cats.

Natural Remedies for Cats With Dandruff

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Like humans, cats may also suffer from dandruff. Dandruff shows as little white specks on the cat’s coat and develops when loose dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin flake off and get caught in the cat’s fur. Dandruff can cause a cat’s coat to appear unsightly and unhealthy. Fortunately there are many home remedies for cats with dandruff which can be used to cure the condition.

Dandruff may be caused by a variety of factors such as sensitivity to a fungus that is present on the scalp, fungal infections, over-active or clogged oil glands the skin which can get very dry and produce dry flakes. Stress or a weakened immune system may also be the cause. Environmental conditions like cold weather or a dry environment are also known to trigger dandruff. Lastly, dandruff may also result from food allergies or intolerances and excessive washing of your cat may also result in flaky, dry skin.

Treatment will depend on the cause of the dandruff. Conventional treatment often involve topical creams. Be aware though that these treatments may have side effects. One word of advice, never use human moisturising lotions on your cat’s skin as they contain chemicals that can irritate your cat’s skin.

A balanced diet is one of the most effective home remedies for cats with dandruff.  As dandruff may be the result of food allergies or intolerances, feed your cat fresh, raw food without artificial additives rather than processed food. However, make sure you do not change the diet suddenly as this may cause an imbalance of natural oils and consequently a dry, flaky skin.

Supplementing your cat’s diet with omega-3 oils or adding a tablespoon of olive oil to the food a few times a week can help the skin and condition of the fur by stimulating natural oils in the skin. Vitamin A also helps to maintain healthy skin. Carrots, squash and sweet potatoes are excellent sources and can be grated into your cat’s food.

Herbal remedies will also help to keep your cat’s skin healthy and nourished as they support the natural oil production of the skin. Herbs such as horsetail and dandelion act as an effective tissue tonic and keep the skin hydrated. These and bladderwrack, a sea vegetable used in supplements, can be found in ready-made natural remedies for cats with dandruff that you can buy such as Skin and Coat Tonic from PetAlive.

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One of the easiest home remedies for cats with dandruff is regular combing. It will not cure the condition but will remove flaky skin cells from the coat and stimulate circulation of blood in the skin. Brush your cat regularly, but gently to loosen dry skin cells and dandruff flakes.

Dry your cat thoroughly after washing, as shampoo residue can dry on the skin and cause flaky skin and dandruff. If you wash or bathe your cat regularly, reduce the frequency. Bathing removes skin oils and can make the skin scaly. The production of natural oils in the skin is disrupted to counteract the dry skin caused by frequent washes and oil glands start producing too much oil.

If your cat is prone to dandruff, avoid keeping your cat in very cold and dry environments. Humidity in a room can be controlled by installing humidifiers.

These natural remedies for cats with dandruff will rid your cat of dandruff in an effective manner.

Home Remedies for Cats with Anxiety

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Like humans, cats can suffer from anxiety and natural and home remedies for cats can benefit them by supporting the nervous system.

Causes of anxiety are manifold and can range from a visit to the vet’s office to a change in routine, loud noises, moving to a new home, a traumatic event or small children in the home. Cats can also pick up your mood and feelings. It is possible that if you are anxious and stressed over longer periods of time, your cat may become anxious too.

The most common anxiety disorders in cats are noise phobias and social anxiety. Cats can be afraid of certain loud noises such as thunderstorms, fireworks, gunshots, a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer. Frightened cats will typically run and try to hide somewhere safe. Other signs of fear that may be displayed include meowing, trembling, urinating or defecating.

Cats that have not been socialised at an early age may suffer from social anxiety. They may be fearful of groups of people coming to visit as well as other animals. An anxious cat may react aggressively or run to a safe retreat. Traumatic events, the death of a pet companion, jealousy or rivalry between pets can also contribute to anxiety developing.

Various treatment options are available to help your cat cope with the symptoms associated with anxiety. Conventional anti-anxiety medications helps to suppress anxiety and stress. However, these medications immobilise cats and often have some negative side effects. Diarrhoea, low blood pressure and vomiting, dry mouth and irregular bowel movements may occur. Home remedies for cats are a natural alternative. They are safe to use without the risk of any negative side effects.

Natural remedies for cats with anxiety

Herbs such as scullcap and passionflower help to soothe the nervous system and have a calming effect on cats. Homoeopathic remedies like kalium phosphate and argentum nitricum balance the nervous system. These ingredients can be found in commercially produced natural remedies for cats.

PetCalm from PetAlive is such a remedy. It relieves acute symptoms of fear and nervousness and helps to calm and soothe your cat back to a balanced mood. It comes in granule form and is easy to administer. Simply sprinkle it on your cat’s tongue. The remedy is not addictive and can be safely used by cats of all ages and sizes.


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Bach flower remedies also work well for anxiety. These are liquid remedies and a few drops can be given in drinking water or milk several times a day. Red chestnut is beneficial for cats displaying excessive fear and anxiety or running after human or animal companions to see where they are if they leave the room. Rockrose is for terror, extreme fear or panic and vervain can help highly stressed, tense cats.

Lifestyle

There are a number of ways to reduce anxiety in cats and these include a healthy diet that boosts the immune system, regular exercise, a secure home environment as well as extra support in times of stressful events.

If your cat is scared of loud outside noises, ensure it feels secure but do not fuss or you may encourage the behaviour. You could turn up the television or radio to drown out external sounds. Try to ignore any unwanted behaviour.

Start socialising your cat at an early age, allowing it to become accustomed to trips in the car, strange noises, yelling children or noisy vehicles.

Consider a new companion if your cat is grieving the loss of one. Shower it with love and lots of affection.

Consistency in your reaction to your cat is key. The whole family needs to follow the same routine when dealing with your cat’s anxieties, otherwise your cat will become confused and even more insecure.

Home remedies for cats with anxiety will boost your cat’s immune system and address the symptoms of anxiety. A safe environment coupled with an appropriate lifestyle will also benefit cats suffering from anxiety.

Home Remedies For Cats With Anaemia

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Anaemia can become a very serious condition if not treated immediately. There are several causes of anaemia, e.g. blood loss, a malfunctioning immune system or insufficient production of red blood cells. Home remedies for cats with anaemia have proven to be highly effective in providing relief.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal home remedies for cats are safe and gentle. To cure anaemia in cats naturally. Prepare a tisane of stinging nettles, agrimony, parsley and cleavers and give four dropperfuls, six times a day. In addition, feed plenty of wild garlic (leaves) and parsley. These herbs are best given in honey pills. Honey is very beneficial for the treatment of anaemia. Peppermint or spearmint leaves and watercress, chopped and put in honey pills are helpful too.

Herbs like dandelion, echinacea, withania somnifera (also known as ashwagandha) and milk thistle support the immune system and hemoglobin levels, and help to cleanse and purify the body’s system. They are also an excellent tonic for the lymphatic system and promote vitality and balance. They can be found in ready-made natural remedies for cats, e.g. Immunity and Liver Support from PetAlive.


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Home remedies

Certain fruits make great home remedies for cats with anaemia and are suitable for treating the condition. Blackberries, bilberries, elderberries, black grapes and strawberries can be used to make a fruit jelly. Fill a cup with the fruit and add two tablespoons of water and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add half a tablespoon of honey, mix well and give teaspoon in the morning and in the evening.

Diet

In addition to the above, feed your cat a healthy, well balanced diet. Raw food, e.g. chicken or beef is best. If you go for convenience, choose quality cat food with a high meat content and no artificial colourings and preservatives. Incorporate iron-rich foods such as liver or green vegetables into your cat’s diet and supplement it with kelp, nutritional yeast, vitamin C and B12.

Lifestyle

Get your cat to exercise regularly and ensure it has sufficient water to drink. Keeping your cat  free of fleas, ticks and worms will help to prevent anaemia. Kittens especially, are at an increased risk of developing anaemia if they are infested with fleas or internal parasites such as worms.

These home remedies for cats with anaemia will ensure that your cat gets better soon.

Natural Remedies for Cats with Asthma

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Asthma is a chronic condition and is characterised by an inflammation and thickening of the small airways in the lungs. It is also known as chronic bronchitis. Cats of all ages may suffer from asthma but it is more prevalent in younger to middle-aged cats. Siamese cats are particularly predisposed.

When your cat inhales the affected airways collapse and make it difficult for your cat to catch its breath. Mild cases of asthma might go unnoticed or be misinterpreted as a furball. Mild asthma may be nothing more than a dry, hacking cough which may progress to wheezing sounds that are most obvious when your cat exhales.

In severe cases of asthma the airways become blocked with mucus and the smooth muscle that surrounds the airways goes into spasm restricting breathing. Severe asthma attacks may be life-threatening.

Tell tale signs are hallow, rapid and laboured breathing with a marked movement of the abdomen as your cat tries to get more air into its lungs. A bluish purple tinge to the tongue or gums may also be noticeable. In such cases your cat needs urgent veterinary help.

Most asthma attacks are triggered by allergens in the environment and stress. Some common allergens include grass and tree pollens, fire smoke, cigarette smoke, fumes from cars and factories, dust especially dust from cat litter and aerosols such as perfumes, deodorants and flea sprays. In addition, commercial cat foods are often filled with colourants and preservatives and can damage your cat’s immune system  predisposing it to allergies.

Treatment

The first step in the treatment of asthma is determining what the triggers are. If they can be identified and eliminated no further treatment is necessary. Try and remove potential triggers from the environment.

For example, do not expose your cat to smoke. Minimise the use of aerosols or at least make sure that your cat out of the room when you use them.

Feed your cat a preservative and colourant free diet of unprocessed food. This should consist of mainly raw meat such as minced beef, chicken and chicken livers mixed with a little bone meal and a small amount of grated carrot or finely chopped greens like spinach. Remember not to change the diet overnight, especially if your cat is elderly. Slowly introduce new foods and allow the digestive system to become accustomed to the new diet.

Remember that there may be more than one trigger so remove suspected triggers one at a time and allow 2 to 3 weeks to see if the asthma attacks lessen. Bear in mind though that t is seldom possible to identify all triggers, and even if they are identified it may be impractical or impossible to eliminate them. It may therefore be necessary to give your cat medication to control the asthma attacks.

Conventional treatments for asthma include bronchodilators, corticosteroids and antihistamines. There are also natural remedies for cats with asthma that  alleviate the symptoms of asthma and promote respiratory health.

Homoeopathic remedies

A combination of herbs such as elecampane and marshmallow together with homoeopathic ingredients like mag phos, kali mur, arsen alb and phosphorous can be used to promote respiratory health naturally.


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Pet Alive offers two ready-made natural remedies that contain these ingredients. AmazaPet relieves wheezing and chest discomfort, keeps the chest open and maintains easy breathing. Respo-K is an alternative remedy to improve respiratory health and strengthen immunity for optimal lung functioning.

Both come in tablet form and may be given whole , crushed or mixed with food or a treat. Administer one tablet 3-5 times daily for two weeks.


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Herbal remedies

If you prefer to make your own natural remedies for cats with asthma, mix one teaspoonful of fresh coltsfoot juice into half a teaspoonful of warm honey and some water and administer twice daily, in the morning and evening.

If there is an infection of the lungs, boil 200ml of water mixed with one teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Let it cool down a bit and add two teaspoons of a thyme and plantain tisane (herbal tea). Let it steep for one minute. Check that the mixture is not too hot and then administer by dropper. In less severe cases of asthma just give the thyme and plantain tisane, four dropperfuls per day.

All natural remedies for cats with asthma can be used alongside conventional treatment.